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Comparison of the Diversity of Tenure System Faculty



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Comparison of the Diversity of Tenure System Faculty
A five-year comparison of the diversity of the tenure system faculty is presented in Table 8, Diversity of Tenure System Faculty Workforce Comparison, 2010 vs. 2005 (pp. 32-34). Factors which contribute to changes in the representation of women and minorities in the faculty workforce include hiring and termination activity; organizational restructuring can also be a factor. Hiring activity was down in 2009-10 as compared to the recent past. A total of 37 tenure system faculty were hired; this included 16 women (43.2%) and 8 minority group members (21.6%). There were sixty-four tenure system faculty terminations in 2009-10. Of those faculty that terminated, 14 (21.9%) were women and 7 (10.9%) were minorities. Further information on faculty personnel activity is included under the section “Employment Practices.”

Over the five-year period, the representation of women among the tenure system faculty increased from 30.3% in 2005 to 35.5% in 2010. An increase in the representation of women among the tenure system faculty occurred in seven schools and colleges: Humanities & Fine Arts, Natural Sciences, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Education, Engineering, Management, and Public Health & Health Sciences. Additionally, the percentage of women remained at 100% in the School of Nursing. Between 2005 and 2010, the representation of racial/ethnic minorities in the tenure system faculty increased from 15.5% in 2005 to 20.4% in 2010. During this time period, the percentage representation of minorities improved in all schools and colleges.

Between 2005 and 2010, many departments improved the percentage representation of women and minority group members among their tenure system faculty. These changes are detailed in the following text. Please note that some departments, schools and colleges were affected by organizational changes during this time period, so that certain summary statistics may not be comparable. Of note, a new College of Natural Sciences (CNS) was created in 2009 as part of an academic reorganization that included the closure of the College of Natural Resources and the Environment and the College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics.

In Humanities & Fine Arts, the representation of women faculty increased from 39.6% in 2005 to 46.4% in 2010, and the representation of minority faculty increased from 15.9% in 2005 to 21.4% in 2010. The following departments increased the percentage representation of women among their tenure system faculty: Afro-American Studies; English; History; Judaic & Near Eastern Studies; Languages, Literatures & Cultures; Linguistics; and Music & Dance. Over this five year period, minority percentage representation improved in the following departments: Afro-American Studies; Art, Architecture & Art History; Classics; English; History; Linguistics; Philosophy; Theater; and Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies. In 2010, there were no minority faculty in the departments of Judaic & Near Eastern Studies and Music & Dance.

In the new College of Natural Sciences (CNS), there were 86 (24.5%) women faculty and 56 (16.0%) minority faculty in 2010. The college level data reported for 2005 is from Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Due to differences in organizational structure, overall statistics for CNS in 2010 and NSM in 2005 are not fully comparable. The percentage representation of tenure system women increased in the following CNS departments: Astronomy; Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science; Food Science; Geosciences; Microbiology; Physics; Plant, Soil & Insect Sciences; and Psychology. The representation of women decreased in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Mathematics & Statistics; and Polymer Science & Engineering. It remained the same in Natural Resources Conservation. Minority representation of tenure system faculty improved in the following departments within CNS: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science, Food Science; Geosciences; Mathematics & Statistics; Microbiology; Natural Resources Conservation; Plant, Soil & Insect Sciences and Psychology. Minority representation decreased between 2005 and 2010 in Astronomy; Physics; and Polymer Science and Engineering.

In Social & Behavioral Sciences (SBS), the representation of women faculty increased from 40.1% in 2005 to 46.6% in 2010, and the representation of minorities increased from 14.7% in 2005 to 25.2% in 2010. Organizational changes also affected SBS during this time period, so that overall college statistics between 2005 and 2010 are not fully comparable. Percentage increases of tenure system women faculty occurred in four departments (Anthropology; Landscape Architecture; Political Science; and Sociology), while the representation of women decreased in Communication and remained the same in Economics and the Labor Center. Minority representation in the tenure system faculty improved in four departments: Anthropology; Communication; Political Science; and Sociology. In 2010 there were no tenure system minority faculty in Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning and the Labor Relations & Research Center.

In the Isenberg School of Management, the representation of tenure system women faculty increased from 22.7% in 2005 to 24.0% in 2010; minority faculty representation increased from 15.2% in 2005 to 21.3% in 2010. Organizational changes also affected ISOM during this time period, so that overall college statistics between 2005 and 2010 are not fully comparable. The percentage representation of female faculty increased in two departments (Hospitality & Tourism Management and Management), decreased in four (Accounting & Information Systems; Finance & Operations Management; Marketing; and Sport Management) and remained the same in Resource Economics. Minority representation improved in four departments: Hospitality & Tourism Management; Marketing; Resource Economics; and Sport Management. There remained no minority faculty in Accounting & Information Systems.

In the College of Engineering, the representation of tenure system women faculty decreased from 10.5% in 2005 to 11.0% in 2010; minority faculty representation increased from 23.3% to 24.2% over this five year period. From 2005 to 2010, the number of female faculty stayed the same in three departments (Chemical Engineering; Civil & Environmental Engineering; and Electrical & Computer Engineering) and decreased in Mechanical & Industrial Engineering. For minority faulty, increases were seen in two departments: Civil & Environmental Engineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering. The number of minority faculty remained the same in Chemical Engineering and decreased in Mechanical & Industrial Engineering.

In the School of Public Health & Health Sciences the representation of women among the tenure system faculty increased over the five-year period, from 51.4% in 2005 to 63.0% in 2010. Minority representation increased from 13.5% in 2005 to 24.1% in 2010. Female and minority representation increased in Communication Disorders and Public Health. Minority representation also increased in Nutrition (from no minority faculty in 2005 to four in 2010). In Kinesiology, the number of women faculty increased from two in 2005 to five in 2010.

The School of Nursing had one minority tenure system faculty member in both 2005 and 2010. The tenure system faculty in the School of Nursing continued to be all female.



Over this period, the percentage of women faculty in the School of Education increased from 44.7% in 2005 to 55.8% in 2010. The percentage of minority tenure system faculty increased from 21.3% in 2005 to 23.1% in 2010. The department of Educational Policy, Research & Administration doubled their number of women faculty, from five in 2005 to ten (55.6%) in 2010. In Student Development, the number of women faculty remained the same over this period, while the number of minority faculty decreased by one. In Teacher Education, the number of women faculty increased by four to 13 in 2010, and the number of minority faculty increased by three to seven (31.8%) in 2010.

Table 8
















Diversity of Tenure System Faculty

Workforce Comparison, 2010 v. 2005































Workforce Composition




Availability Estimate

Workforce Change







2010




2005

























Total

Female

Minority




Fem

Min




Fem

Min




Fem

Min




 

#

#

%

#

%

 

%

%

 

%

%

 

 

 




Tenure System Faculty

992

352

35.5

202

20.4




30.3

15.5













­

­



















































Chancellor

2











































Chancellor's Office

1











































Academic Computing

1











































Academic Affairs

990

351

35.5

202

20.4




30.3

15.5













­






Provost

4

1

25.0

1

25.0




0.0

14.3













­






Continuing & Prof. Education

3

1

33.3

0

0.0




0.0

0.0




44.5

16.2




­






Fine Arts Center

1











































College of Humanities & Fine Arts

224

104

46.4

48

21.4




39.6

15.9















­




Afro-American Studies

9

4

44.4

7

77.8




12.5

62.5




44.1

16.0




­

­




Art, Architecture & Art History

27

14

51.9

6

22.2




52.0

16.0




57.4

8.5






­




Classics

10

4

40.0

1

10.0




42.9

0.0




43.6

3.8






­




English

42

21

50.0

9

21.4




41.7

13.9




57.7

8.6




­

­




History

28

16

57.1

5

17.9




40.0

10.0




38.2

11.9




­

­




Judaic & Near Eastern Studies

5

3

60.0

0

0.0




40.0

0.0




43.0

11.0




­






Languages, Literatures & Cultures

41

18

43.9

10

24.4




39.0

26.8




59.3

23.7




­






Linguistics

13

6

46.2

2

15.4




45.5

9.1




60.4

18.6




­

­




Music & Dance

21

5

23.8

0

0.0




21.1

0.0




48.0

10.1




­






Philosophy

13

3

23.1

1

7.7




25.0

0.0




26.1

7.8






­




Theater

9

4

44.4

3

33.3




44.4

22.2




51.8

9.3






­




Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies

6

6

100.0

4

66.7




100.0

50.0




46.2

14.8






­


























































Note: Data not reported for units with fewer than three employees. Due to organizational change, historical school/college level data may not be comparable.





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